Mervyn Dirks ‘had no right to bypass ANC leadership’

Mervyn Dirks ‘had no right to bypass ANC leadership’

ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile says Mervyn Dirks had no right to bypass the party leadership.

Mervyn Dirks in Parliament 2017

Dirks was suspended by ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina after he wrote to Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa requesting that President Cyril Ramaphosa be summoned to the committee.


The MP wants Ramaphosa to answer to allegations of mismanagement of public funds during ANC election campaigns. 

Last year, a clip of Ramaphosa made the rounds on social media where he can be heard allegedly admitting to being aware of public funds being used for political campaigns in the build up to the Nasrec elective conference in 2017.  


Mashatile told members of the media in Soweto on Thursday that Dirks should have consulted the leadership before running to Scopa.


He was visiting the family of the late Mrs Godelieve NgwanaMolepo Sexwale.


“There is Parliament, certain things must go through them in order to be dealt with. There was nothing stopping Mervyn Dirks to go to the chief whip and say I think that we need the president to account on these matters. 


“He had no right at all to bypass the leadership of the ANC, because sometimes people forget that they were deployed there by the ANC.He didn’t just walk in there, he came in on a list of the ANC. We expect particular behaviour for people who are on our list. Unless you came there on your own, you can then behave the way you want but if you are deployed by the organization you must remain within the discipline of the organisation.


“The president of the ANC will never refuse to account,” Mashatile told journalists.


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